It has emerged that former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s 75-day hospitalisation at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai in late 2016 cost a whopping nearly Rs 7 crore. It’s been two years since the death of former CM Jayalalitha, but it now seems that an outstanding amount of Rs 44 lakh is still pending to the Apollo Hospital in Chennai.
Though the AIADMK has claimed that around Rs 6 crore was paid with funds from its treasury, a new submission from the hospital to the Arumughasamy commission says the bill hasn’t been settled fully. According to a bill summary submitted by the hospital, the total cost of the treatment and other services is Rs 6.86 crore, but so far only Rs 6.41 crore has been paid, and an outstanding amount of Rs 44 lakh is pending.
The bill for health care services alone is Rs 1.92 crore. Of this, the hospital has charged a consultation fee of Rs 71 lakh. Under professional charges, the hospital has charged Rs 92 lakh for services from London-based Dr Richard Beale, who was flown in for treatment.
Singapore hospital Mount Elizabeth has meanwhile been paid more than Rs 12 lakh. It is the food and beverage services billed for Rs 1.17 crore that has caught everyone’s eye. This, however, was not just food for the late Chief Minister, but for others as well.